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Copp out week to week for Jets with upper-body injury

Forward injured in collision against Hurricanes, will not return before Christmas

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Andrew Copp is out week to week for the Winnipeg Jets because of an upper-body injury.

The forward was injured in a collision with Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal during the second period of the Jets' 6-3 loss at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday. He will miss Winnipeg's remaining three games before the Christmas break.

"That's the harsh reality of the NHL is that you're going to have injuries," defenseman Josh Morrissey said following practice Wednesday. "There's going to be times where the lineup shifts. Guys have to come in and step up in other guys' absences, so that's going to be big for us to try to get to Christmas here and have guys step up."

Copp, whose average of 2:03 shorthanded ice time per game is third on the Jets, has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 34 games. Last season, he scored an NHL career-high 11 goals.

Video: CBJ@WPG: Copp beats Merzlikins from the circle

Coach Paul Maurice said he expects one or two players will be recalled from Manitoba of the American Hockey League to fill the void created by injuries to Copp and forward Mathieu Perreault before the Jets' next game, at home against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, NBCSCH, NHL.TV).

Perreault is in the NHL concussion protocol because of a hit by Philadelphia Flyers forward Joel Farabee in a 7-3 win Sunday. Farabee was suspended three games for interference against Perreault.

The Jets (20-12-4), who are third in the Central Division, also play at the Minnesota Wild on Saturday and home against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday before the Christmas break. Their first game after the break is against the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 27. 

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